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Kid Lit programme - Elen Caldecott

13th March 2014
Venue: Great Hall, Oundle
Time: 10.30am and 13.30pm

Elen Caldecott graduated with an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University. At the end of the course she was highly commended in the PFD Prize for Most Promising Writer for Young People. Before becoming a writer, she was an archaeologist, a nurse, a theatre usher and a museum security guard.

It was while working at the museum that Elen realised there is a way to steal anything if you think about it hard enough. Elen either had to become a master thief or create some characters to do it for her – and so her debut novel How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant was born. Her second novel How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini came about when she wondered if it would be possible to keep a zoo in a terraced house. Operation Eiffel Tower came about when she wondered how you might keep your family together when you only have £23 to do it. The Mystery of Wickworth Manor was inspired by a painting that she often saw when she was growing up. The Great Ice Cream Heist came out of an encounter in her local park while she walked her dog.

Her favourite kinds of stories are ones where very ordinary people do very extraordinary things. So, these are the kind of stories She sets out to write; real life, but with the promise of adventure. Come along and find out how brilliantly she has achieved her aim. Her website is www.elencaldecott.com.


The Great Ice-Cream Heist; The Mystery of Wickworth Manor; Operation Eiffel Tower;  How Ali Ferguson Saved Houdini; How Kirsty Jenkins Stole the Elephant.